For many years, Norwegians Worldwide has welcomed the Tacoma Peace Prize laureates to Oslo. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s honorable recipient, Theresa Pan Hosley.
Recognizing the importance of reconciliation in peacemaking, the Board of Directors of the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTPP) has announced the selection of Ms. Theresa Pan Hosley as the 2016 GTPP Laureate. Hosley was nominated by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Tacoma “for her initiative, persistence, and long-term leadership of Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation.”
The nominators related that “Her main strengths as a leader are her patience, soft yet firm touch, and her ability to listen. She is a manifestation of a peacemaker, promoting enduring reconciliation and harmony.”
At 64, Hosley has been a trustee for Bates College, the Korean Women’s Association, Annie Wright School and a principal at the Tacoma Chinese Language School. In 2015 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Puget Sound for her leadership and work in nurturing cultural understanding and reconciliation as president of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, and as a board member of the Korean Women’s Association.
The 2016 Laureate Recognition Banquet will be held on Thursday, September 22, when Hosley will receive a unique glass artwork (created especially for the GTPP by Tacoma’s Hilltop Artists), a certificate of commendation, a laureate medallion, and a trip for two to Oslo, Norway, to participate in “The Nobel Days,” events surrounding the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize. Her name will be the 12th to be added to the GTPP perpetual plaque.
Norwegians Worldwide congratulate Ms. Pan Hosley and look forward to welcoming her to Oslo.
About the Greater Tacoma Peace Price
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize is awarded to an individual, group or organization in the greater Tacoma/Pierce County area, regardless of nationality, race, religion, or ideology. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize, the GTPP was founded in 2004 by Thomas Heavey, Sr. (U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Retired). Tom developed the concept for a local peace prize, sponsored by Norwegian Americans, while serving in the war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first Tacoma prize was awarded in May, 2005, in honor of the centennial of Norway’s independence. The purpose of the GTPP is to recognize and honor peacebuilders in our community.